Public Affairs Manager

Location: Flexible: London office, Chesterfield office or homeworking
Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week.
Salary: £44,835 per annum (London), £41,627 per annum (Rest of UK
Benefits: Read more about the excellent benefits we offer
Contract type: Permanent
Travel: Some travel may be required
Closing date: 23:59, Monday 16 May 2022

Download the job description and person specification for the Public Affairs manager role (Word, 56 KB).

Through our diversity and inclusion strategy, we have made a commitment to increase the diversity of our charity and we welcome candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.  We want our employees, volunteers and trustees to represent the broad diversity of the communities of which we are a part.


Within the Involvement, Influencing and Support Directorate, our policy, public affairs and campaigning work is focused on creating lasting change. We influence decision-makers across the UK by developing evidence and through stakeholder engagement, public affairs activity and by campaigning alongside people with arthritis.

About the role

The purpose of this role is to manage the charity’s public affairs activities, including developing influencing strategies and stakeholder engagement plans. The successful candidate will also oversee a programme of events to raise the charity’s profile in Westminster and beyond. There is also the opportunity for line management within the team.

We’ll give you autonomy, variety and challenge with opportunities to lead projects and to work with inspirational campaigners and meet senior Government and NHS stakeholders. We’re a supportive team who will value your well-being and professional development.

Key requirements

If you have:

  • good experience of working within a public affairs environment in health and social care
  • excellent experience and demonstrable ability of developing successful influencing strategies
  • strong experience of building good working relationships with stakeholders at all levels
  • good experience of organising events and project management
  • ability to think creatively and communicate effectively, together with
  • an enthusiastic, adaptive and flexible approach

… then we’d love to hear from you.

How to apply

To apply you MUST submit:

  1. a concise, up-to-date CV
  2. along with a completed supporting statement (Word, 40.04 KB) demonstrating how you meet the key requirements set out in job description and person specification for the Public Affairs manager role (Word, 56 KB)
  3. please include where you’ve seen this role advertised.

Email your completed application by 23:59, Monday 16 May 2022 to

We advise candidates to apply early as we reserve the right to close applications ahead of this date.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


To be held at our London office, Saffron House and via Microsoft Teams:

First interviews expected: 26 May 2022

Second interviews expected: 31 May 2022

About us

There are 20.3 million people living with arthritis and MSK conditions in the UK. That’s one in three people, many who live in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition intrudes on everyday life – affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and to live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as ‘just a bit of arthritis’. We don’t think that this is ok. Versus Arthritis is here to change that.

Join us and use your skills, knowledge, passion and energy to help us defy arthritis.

Read more about working for us.

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Versus Arthritis is a Registered Charity No: 207711 and in Scotland No. SC041156.